Favorite Links

I like pages that have some meat. Ideas. Facts. Data. Here are links to some useful, surprising, and interesting places on the Web.

Fun

KPIG
This fine radio station is the heir to "the format" established by SF Bay Area radio station KFAT in the 70s and early 80s. A truly eclectic mix of Hawaiian music, country music, rock, humor, and folk. It's wonderful fun. You can hear KPIG in the Santa Cruz area, another good reason to go there, or you can listen to it online (subscription required).
IHTFP Online Hack Archive
Hacks through the years at MIT.

Language

"It's a dead language," we used to say.

American Society of Indexers
Bet you didn't know there was an American Society of Indexers. I am glad they're on the job.
The Slot: A spot for copy editors
Bill Walsh of the Washington Post has lively remarks on copy editing and proper English. Read and heed.
Lojban
A "logical language" invented by the inventor of the game Careers. (ever play it?)

People

Most of all I like interesting people. It is a rare privilege to know each of these folks, and their homepages are cool.

Carl Ellison
Carl has been my friend for a long time. We went to Hinsdale High School together in the 50s. Carl introduced me to a group building computers in a suburban basement. Later, I taught him to program. Carl was always interested in cryptography, and is now a recognized expert.
Angus W. Macdonald
Architect, blues musician, and grade school neighbor. He has invented the Am-Cor ferrocement construction system. (Play the video, listen to the blues.)
Mark Lepper
Another friend from my youth.
Peter Neumann
Computer scientist, Multician, bassoonist, and incorrigible punster.
Paul McJones's Home Page
I met Paul when we worked together at Tandem. He's done a lot of great stuff.
Ross Anderson
There are not enough superlatives to describe Ross's intelligence.
Bob Blakley
I met Bob when we worked on the CORBA security spec. He has an interesting blog discussing photography, security, identity, and other things.
Beebe Bahrami new
Beebe is an anthropologist, travel writer, painter, surfer, and wonderful friend. Her latest book is The Spiritual Traveler: Spain.

Remembering

Jim Gray
Jim interviewed me when I applied to Tandem. It was a privilege to know him and work with him.
Bob Bemer
Fascinating computer history stories from the late "father of ASCII," a former colleague at Honeywell.

History

When I visited the old Computer Museum in Boston, I felt like I should be one of the exhibits. Maybe that's why I am interested in computer history.

Charles Babbage Institute
Great source for computer history information.
The Computer History Museum
This organization preserves old iron in Mountain View, CA. They even have a Multics machine.
The Autodesk File
John Walker's story of the growth and changes of Autodesk. Check out his free software too; I use his Earth screensaver.
As We May Think
Vannevar Bush's article that inspired a view of the computer as personal. Soon as I read about a "memex," I wanted to help build one.
System R
Paul McJones's pages describing one of the earliest relational database systems.

Tools

Some tools I use.

Mac OS X
I've been a Mac fan since the mid 80s. With OS X, I get a system that has the usability and consistency of the Mac, and the power of Unix. I reach for the Mac when I want to get something done. There are still some weaknesses and missing facilities, but recent releases have made OS X responsive and reliable enough to use daily. I recommend it to family members so they won't worry (much) about viruses. Lately I am using a Core 2 Duo Macbook, and it is a nice machine. See For My Friends With Macs.
The Spam Bouncer
I use this procmail script by Catherine Hampton to filter spam out of my mailbox. I installed it on my account at my ISP and set it up to silently discard junk mail. It looks at headers and message content to detect spam, and works great.
GNU Emacs for Windows NT and 95
I have been an Emacs user since 1980. On Windows 98, I use Emacs 20.6.1. Works fine. On OS X, I use Aquamacs Emacs, instead of the one that comes with the OS. On Linux and FreeBSD, I use whatever Emacs is handy.
Perl
Larry Wall's great useful programming language. Works on Macs, PCs, and Unix.
AeroPress
Great morning coffee from a simple, elegant machine.
ScanCafe
These folks scanned a bunch of slides for me.

Daily Visits

Web sites that I use every day.

MacInTouch
Ric Ford's wonderful newsletter about the Macintosh.
Slashdot
News for Nerds. Mostly focused on Linux and Open Software.
The Register
Industry news, crisply reported.
NOAA Weather
Extremely thorough weather information.

Other

Things you might like.

Death Wish Piano Movers, Cambridge, MA.
Their motto used to be "No Job Too Scary" but I don't see that there any more. (Wonder what the job was that changed their mind.)